Assistant/Associate Professor – Animal Physiologist

  • Auburn University, College of Agriculture/AAES
  • Auburn, AL, USA
  • Oct 01, 2021
Full time Agriculture/Horticulture & Aquaculture Veterinary Medicine & Sciences

Job Description

The Auburn University ( College of Agriculture’s Department of Poultry Science is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor – Animal Physiologist. The position is a nine (9)-month, tenure track at the rank of assistant/associate professor. The successful candidate will have a 70% research and 30% instruction appointment projected to begin in August 2022.   

 Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will develop and maintain a nationally and internationally recognized, extramurally (government and industry) funded research program in the area of avian physiology. The specific areas may include avian reproductive, endocrine, developmental, digestive, or stress physiology. The candidate will be expected to actively seek extramural funding for their program and collaborate with other scientists within, but not limited to the Colleges of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine and/or Science and Mathematics as well as Extension specialists/agents and poultry industry leaders on avian physiology research. The ideal candidate will complement existing programs in nutrition, gastrointestinal development, health, growth biology, applied meat science, and food safety.

 The candidate is also expected to actively engage in scholarly activity related to instruction, including, but not limited to teaching courses, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, and mentoring undergraduate students. The incumbent will update and teach two (2) undergraduate-level foundation poultry science courses (POUL 1000 Introductory Poultry Science and POUL 3060 Poultry Breeding, Fertility, and Hatchability) and develop one (1) graduate-level course in comparative animal physiology to be taught every other year. The candidate’s teaching responsibilities and/or appointment may change in accordance with the candidate’s expertise and needs of the department. Development of a strong graduate student training program is expected. The candidate will participate in graduate (and undergraduate) education by mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, and publishing research results in reputable, peer-reviewed journals.

 As a land-grant institution, all Auburn University faculty are expected to be supportive of and contribute to all three land-grant mission areas – Research, Teaching, and Extension – regardless of the assignment split specified in the position announcement.

 Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

 Minimum qualifications include: 1) an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Poultry/Animal Science or closely related field at the time employment begins; 2) animal physiology research experience and demonstrable ability to independently develop, conduct, and publish research in this area with avian species commensurate with the candidate’s experience; 3) excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with other faculty, students, and industry professionals; 4) demonstrated or potential ability to secure extramural research and/or teaching funding commensurate with the candidate’s experience. The candidate must also meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment.

 Desired qualifications:  Postdoctoral, teaching, and/or commercial poultry industry experience are desirable.

To be considered for the rank of Associate Professor, candidates should demonstrate clear and convincing evidence of emerging stature as a national or international authority as appropriate for the position. Assessment of rank on hire for appointees will be consistent with the requirements for ranks according to the AU Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion, & Tenure. To be eligible for tenure on appointment, candidates must be appointed as an Associate Professor, have been tenured at a prior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution. Any request for tenure upon appointment be approved before hire.


Application Details

Applicants must apply for this position by visiting the link:   and attach the following:

  1. Cover letter that addresses the applicant’s experience pertinent to the position responsibilities
  2. Current curriculum vita
  3. Copies of academic transcripts
  4. Statement of research philosophy and plan
  5. Statement of undergraduate and graduate teaching philosophy
  6. Diversity statement

 When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, email addresses and phone numbers for three (3) professional references. Only completed application materials will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by end of business January 3, 2022. The search may continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Jessica Starkey, Search Committee Chair, Email:

 Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2019, it was ranked 52nd among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctoral degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2018 enrollment of 30,440 students includes 24,628 undergraduates and 5,812 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, student engagement, and beautiful campus. Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples. For more information about Auburn University and faculty jobs, visit the following link:

 Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the “best small towns in America,” with moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public school systems and regional medical centers.



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